Molly will also be appearing at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street on June 4th at 6:30 PM, to join Suketu Mehta for a conversation on his book, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrants Manifesto. If you’d like to attend you can register with the NYPL now to reserve a spot
Last week at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near-Eastern Studies, artist in residence Molly Crabapple and her students released their zine “Al Andalus in New York”. The event featured a performance by Syrian-American rapper and poet Omar Offendum, speeches by Molly, Algerian-American film-maker and journalist Assia Boundaoui, and Columbia University professor Hisham Aidi.
“Al Andalus in New York” is the culmination of Molly’s workshop at NYU and is a reference to the eight hundred year period of Muslim rule on the Spanish peninsula, resulting in a multi-cultural series of kingdoms that was one of the most prominent economical and cultural centers of its time.
The zines were printed by Radix Media, a worker-owned union printship based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Molly’s latest book review for “Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights” by Juno Mac and Molly Smith is out now in the New York Review of Books. The book is an in depth look at the discussion around sex workers rights, trafficking, and feminism from a global perspective. It is available now from Verso Books.
“Mac and Smith delineate the problems of sex workers in all their prosaic complexity. “A sex worker may describe a bad experience as a labour-rights violation, sexual abuse, or simply a shitty day at work,” they write. Against the stereotypical Happy Hooker, they talk about the “unhappy hooker,” forced, like so many other workers, to do work she loathes in order to earn enough money to survive, and “who reminds us that capitalism cannot be magicked away” by a jail cell or a self-help book for aspiring Girlbosses—and that capitalism reigns most brutally in criminalized markets. Precisely because the safety net is weakest for marginalized people, they are more likely to become sex workers”
On Thursday May 9th at 6PM there will be a launch party for Al Andalus in New York, a zine produced by Molly Crabapple and students at NYUs Kevorkian Center. The event is free and open to the public and will feature panel discussions, readings, performances and more.
255 Sullivan St, New York City
There are over 12,000 high-risk chemical facilities in America — and roughly 40% of U.S. residents live within three miles of them. The Natural Resources Defense Council teamed up with Rashida Jones, Molly Crabapple and https://comingcleaninc.org/ to tell the stories of these vulnerable communities — disproportionately black and Latino — that live every day with the threat of chemical leaks, spills, and explosions that threaten families’ health, their livelihoods, and ultimately, their lives. Learn more: https://on.nrdc.org/2Via8ZA
The Intercept just launched the newest collaboration between Molly Crabapple, Kim Boekbinder, and Jim Batt, narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Corez, produced by Naomi Klein, and written by Avi Lewis and AOC.
On April 16th Molly will be a special guest the The Intercept’s five year anniversary event at 8pm at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating five years of “fearless, adversarial journalism”, Molly will be joining several regular contributors to The Intercept for an evening of story telling and discussions about journalism.
Also this month, Syria In Ink will be on display at Haverford college until April 26th. This show features much of the original artwork from Brothers of The Gun, and is curated by Cora Fisher of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Monument Lab said “Syria in Ink brings together literature in the form of memoir and visual art in the form of ink drawings. It invites viewers to experience the words and images of a young Syrian coming of age during the turbulent last decade.”
Molly has a fantastic new interview up on ArtNews talking about her career, the role political art, and the importance of artists producing their own work.
“I don’t believe that you are a real artist if you have assistants paint or sculpt all your work for you. I’m not talking running a studio like Rembrandt, where he did the hard parts and assistants painted the clouds. I’m talking about the way that someone like Mark Kostabi hires broke art-school grads to paint his work for him. If you do that, at best you’re an art director, but more likely you’re just an exploitive CEO. Many fine artists have disagreed with me and said I was a retrograde regressive reactionary, and the real art is in the idea. I don’t buy it. If art is just the idea, you’re saying labor, craft, and work with your hands is contemptible and beneath an artist. No, you have to do your art yourself. With your own hands.”
From April 1st to May 1st, if you buy any print from the shop that includes a charity donation you’ll receive this free 8.5×11 May Day mini-print. The shop currently has prints for sale that benefit Chelsea Manning’s legal defense, charities in Puerto Rico, PEN America and several other amazing causes. Make your order anytime before or on May 1st and your free mini-print will be automatically included!
Molly’s portrait of James Baldwin will be on display in his former home, Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin, in Saint-Paul de Vence, France along with several other portraits of the beloved writer and activist. The show will run for the next year with an opening reception on March 28th.
Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink
March 22–April 26, 2019
Molly Crabapple & Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink presents vivid images and words of the Syrian conflict and the country’s partial occupation by ISIS, and the besieged consciousness of a young Syrian man finding his voice as a writer. The exhibition includes over fifty original drawings by artist Molly Crabapple and the voice of author and journalist Marwan Hisham. With pen and brush, together they capture Syria from before its precipitous fall to its current state of crisis and mass displacement.
Molly Crabapple and Marwan Hisham: Syria in Ink is curated by Cora Fisher and organized by the Arts & Culture division of the Brooklyn Public Library, BPL Presents. Support for its presentation at Haverford is provided by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.
More information at exhibits.haverford.edu/syriainink.
Artist Talk and Opening Reception
Friday, March 22
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Whitehead Campus Center
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Molly’s latest article for the New York Review of Books, ‘Whores But Organized’: Sex Workers Rally for Reform, is now online. Covering the February 25th rally organized by Decrim NY, Molly reported on and illustrated the sex workers and public officials that showed up to support the decriminalization of sex work.
“I have seen sex workers all of my life,” Jessica Ramos declared. “I have seen them denigrated by neighbors. The answer is always, call the police to fix this. Police do not fix anything.”
“If we are going to combat harm done to the sex worker community, we have to fully decriminalize,” she said, “so we’re creating a space where sex workers can get healthcare, or cooperate with attorneys’ offices to hold those who harm them accountable.”- Queens District Attorney candidate Tiffany Cabán
Limited edition prints of Molly’s painting of Chelsea Manning are now available in the shop!
This painting is a collaboration between Molly and Chelsea, and 100$ from each sale will go directly toward Chelsea’s legal defense fund.
Last month Molly had the honor of speaking at the ZEE Jaipur Literary Festival in India. She spoke at both The Travel Panel with Carlo Pizzati, Eliza Griswold, Isabella Tree and Ramita Navai, and at speaking event on Brothers of The Gun with William Sieghart.
She also stopped in to The Bookshop, at Jor Bagh Market in Dehli for a quick for a quick talk and exhibition of her artwork.
Illustrations from Mollys previous trip to India are available now at the store, and if you’re in New York be sure to stop into the Muneca Arthouse in Patchogue to see Mollys original protest art, on display now!
Tonight, Monday February 11th at 6:30, Molly will be accompanying Deborah Brown, Julia Farrington, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, and Nancy Schwartzman for a panel entitled “Pervasive and Personal: Observations on Free Speech Online” at Theresa Lang Community Center at The New School. Admission is free, but you will need to register online beforehand. Click here for more info and registration details!
“Technology has linked much of the world together, but in its complexity and ubiquity, technology also has deeply personal qualities. It has helped us build relationships and has become a part of our daily lives, something we carry in our pockets wherever we go. This duality of tech and particularly the Internet—its ability to be vast yet intimate—has enabled people to express themselves in unique ways, but also brought with it some serious challenges. Where open channels into each other’s lives exist, the spread of harassment, abuse and vitriol can be equally pervasive and personal.”
Check out Mollys cover art for the latest book by Warren Ellis, Dead Pig Collector, available now at Subterranean Press.
“Mister Sun sees the world in unusual ways—clocking a flight from London to Los Angeles on business at forty thousand seconds, for instance, instead of in terms of hours. But then, he’s in an unusual line of work. His business is death and disposal. Taking a room at his favorite hotel, he ensures all is in order from his latest client. It seems to be…Until he arrives at the intended target’s home to find a different mess to clean up than he expected.”
Molly latest article “Waiting with Immigrants” is now out in the New York Review of Books. In cooperation with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Molly describes some of the challenges faced by immigrants seeking residency and asylum in New York.
“Most of these people are seeking asylum, fleeing terrible circumstances,” another New Sanctuary volunteer told me, while we waited. “I’m against the way our country is going right now. You feel so helpless. So if there’s even a small thing I can do, I do it. I lived through the Sixties. I thought we’d made all this progress. Now, I just feel like we are losing it all.”
Molly’s latest piece for the New York Times Book Review was recently published, reviewing the Turkish classic Madonnna In Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali.
“To those who knew him, Raid Efendi is a nonentity, a German translator as gray as the Ankara building in which he toils. They never suspect he conceals a secret… the diary of a decades-old romance in Weimar Berlin.
An art school dropout whose shyness isolated him from other people, Raid ends up in Germany in 1923 for the same reasons as did the author Christopher Isherwood, who wrote the novel on which “Cabaret” is based. The Reichsmark is worthless. Foreigners can live cheap. At a gallery, Raif spots the self portrait of a beautiful Jewish woman, Maria Puder- the “Madonna in a Fur Coat”- and falls awkwardly, worshipfully in love.
“I had read enough ideas into that pale face to fill a library” Raif thinks, but Maria is no blank page on which to write the hero’s journey. A painter who sings at a cabaret, she is as blunt as Raif is cowering. To her, men “are the hunters, you see, and we their miserable prey. And our duties? To bow down and obey… but we shouldn’t”
“Madonna in a Fur Coat” is the story of two young people finding themselves in each other while the wold hurtles to ruin.
Published in 1943 by Sabahattin Ali, a writer who is believed to have been murdered by the Turkish State, it shows that the doors to freedom slam shut quickly, but are only opened by courage, nonconformity and love.”
A lot of very exciting things happened in 2018. After three years of hard and dangerous work, Molly and Marwan published Brothers of The Gun through Penguin Random House in May.
The book has been getting amazing reveiws from around the world, is a New York Times Notable book, and was a semifinalist for the National Book award.
The book tour has taken Molly to speaking events and literary festivals all over the US, and to London, Paris, Istanbul, Delhi and Mumbai. Syria In Ink, an exhibition of the original artwork from the book, opened at the Brooklyn Public Library, with simultaneous exhibits at Amnesty International HQ in London and BANT Havuz in Istanbul. The show is currently on tour.
Molly also did quite a lot of writing for the NY Review of Books including a cover story on refugees, essays on Puerto Rico’s greatest poet Julia De Burgos, the Turkish invasion of Afrin, and The Jewish Labor Bund, the forgotton Jewish revolutionary party. She also contributed illustrations for an article by Rohini Mohan about Dehli’s farmer protests, in addition to illustrating a piece about gang violence in El Salvador for The International Crisis Group and contributed drawings to Feeling of Being Watched, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Molly also wrote about covered Trump’s manufactured border crisis for Rolling Stone, America’s destruction of Raqqa forThe Guardian, and the murder of Iraq’s instagram queen as well as the potential invasion of Idlib for New York Times.
From “Scenes From an American Trajedy: The Texas Border Crisis” in Rolling Stone
From “If the Regime Comes Here, Everyone Will be Targeted” in The New York Times
Molly illustrated the cover of Pretty Things, her third book cover for french pulp author Virginie Despentes.
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And some of her art was even wheatpasted up around NYC
Molly and the lovely folks at Sharp As Knives also release this video about the money bail industry, narrated by John Legend. They also worked on several short films for Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum.
In Jakarta, Molly collaborated the the Indonesian feminist collective House of the Unsilenced to do portraits of refugees and women who had had abortions.
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Molly also translated several “Know Your Rights” pamphlets into Arabic for the DSA and painted a few protest banners
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Molly spoke at the Chicago Ideas Festival, Tata Literature Live!, the Zee Jaipur literature Festival in Boulder, and will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India in January.
There’s a lot to look forward to this year, including the announcement that Molly will be an artist-in-residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU in spring of 2019!
Looking forward to bringing you more art, writing, and resistance in the New Year